We are better together. Our friends and partners are key to our success in stewarding a legacy of wildlife and wildlands.

Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the support, preservation and promotion of the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge and the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our Friends group collaborates with us on programs and actions designed to increase public awareness, appreciation, and responsible use of the refuge, and to foster understanding of its mission. The Friends participate in and support the annual Black Bear Festival in Franklin. They work with the Refuge and local tourist bureaus to support the creation of hiking and paddling trails on the refuge.